"NIGHT OF MUSEUMS" IN MEMORIAL SITES ATTRACTED A LOT OF INTREST
Last weekend was marked with another edition of the "Night of Museums." This year, the events organised as a part of the nationwide campaign which aims at promoting cultural institutions were held both at the State Museum at Majdanek and at its branches in Bełżec and Sobibór. Over the weekend, nearly 1,500 people participated in our events.
In Lublin, the free guided tours of the former German concentration camp attracted many visitors. We also organised a meeting during which the participants could see those original artefacts from the Museum's collections that are not presented on a daily basis. They also had an opportunity to learn about the preservation of relics. On May 14, there was also a curatorial tour of the recently opened exhibition entitled "Never Again?", which includes a collection of artworks focusing on the subject of war. Now, that war has become a part of our reality and a part of the cross-European experience, the message of the exhibition is even stronger.
Employees of the branches of the State Museum at Majdanek - Memorials in Bełżec and Sobibór also organised free guided tours. This weekend, the permanent exhibition entitled “SS-Sonderkommando Sobibor. German death camp 1942–1943” was visited by as many as 232 people. A meeting with the museum staff was also organised at the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór, during which the visitors could learn about the specifics of working in a martyrological museum. The Museum and Memorial in Bełżec also attracted a lot of interest, as it was visited by over 400 people.